Category Archive for: ‘General Woodworking’

The Ins and Outs of Making Plans

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Just how much of a planner are you? More specifically, how much of a planner are you when you’re starting a new project in your shop? Some people draw out elaborate plans that detail every joint, measurement and detail before they ever put tool to wood, while others just kind of wing it or make a quick sketch of their …

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Artist, Craftsman, Contractor or Carpenter?

Artist, Craftsman, Contractor or Carpenter?

In many businesses, finding a niche and servicing it is the right approach to build a successful business. It’s a way to set yourself up as an expert which can result in being able to charge more for your services as a specialist. However, for some professions, this could be a misstep. Take woodworking. There are many types of woodworkers. …

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4 Ways to Glue Without Clamps

4 Ways to Glue Without Clamps

Clamping wood for gluing is the gold standard for getting a tight, even fit. Master woodworkers claim a good joint won’t even need glue — but in the real world, sometimes it’s a necessity. Clamping isn’t always possible or practical, however. Some projects are just too fragile for even the most delicate of clamps and some are too bulky, awkwardly-shaped …

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6 Tips for Working with Green Wood

6 Tips for Working with Green Wood

Using freshly felled wood on a project isn’t for every woodworker, but it can be well worth the extra effort and care it takes to produce a true heirloom. Green wood projects aren’t necessarily limited to hand-woven basketry, rustic stick furniture, primitive stools or carved and turned items, but they’re very popular and lucrative efforts. Working with fresh wood can …

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5 Project Ideas for Leftovers

5 Project Ideas for Leftovers

No matter what kind of project you do, you’ve always got scrap wood left over that’s destined for the trash heap. Why waste all that good wood? Save those pieces and use them to make some of these clever smaller projects. Instead of filling up the trash dumpster, you can end up with some clever gifts and useful items for …

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Hearing Protection for Woodworkers

Hearing Protection for Woodworkers

Anyone who works with power tools is familiar with the amount of noise they create. Depending on where you work may determine how much hearing protection you need, whether it’s in an outdoor environment or an interior workshop. Some of these options seem too cautious for some, but in the case of protecting your hearing, it’s always better to be …

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The Pros and Cons of Milling Your Own Lumber

The Pros and Cons of Milling Your Own Lumber

For a dedicated woodworker, the appeal of milling your own lumber often has little to do with economics. What woodworker doesn’t hate the sight of a healthy tree being fed into a wood chipper on a construction site or watching a pile of good logs being trucked to a landfill? The spirit might be willing, but milling your own lumber …

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What Good is Soft Wood?

What Good is Soft Wood?

Most woodworkers love working with hardwoods because of the wide range of textures, vibrant grain patterns, and colors. But the downside is the expense of these woods, especially some of the more exotic hardwoods. Enter the equally strong and useful softwoods. While colors tend to be limited to cream, yellow or reddish, the coniferous trees produce straight, less expensive materials. …

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Woodcarving 101

Woodcarving 101

As an experienced woodworker, you do have somewhat of a head start over others starting out in the craft of woodcarving. And just as with your niche work, there are more ways than one to create a beautiful wood carving. The woods used in carving vary greatly in hardness and grain, while the tools alternate between simple chisels, knives and …

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Choosing the Right Stain for a Finished Project

Choosing the Right Stain for a Finished Project

The right stain can make or break a project. Choosing the wrong stain for a finished woodworking project can totally ruin the look and feel of your work. The biggest part of choosing the right stain for your completed woodworking jobs is knowing what options are out there and which are suited to what applications. Oil Stains for Woodworkers Oil …

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